Defendant to attend his father's funeralMichael C. Bryson...

CARROLL COUNTY BRIEFS

February 03, 1993

Defendant to attend his father's funeral

Michael C. Bryson Sr., on trial for the shotgun death of a Melrose hardware store owner, was expected to attend the viewing for his father at a Manchester funeral home today.

Garland Bryson died Sunday night at a Pittsburgh hospital after a long battle with liver disease. His family was scheduled to be at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, a spokesman there said .

The funeral is scheduled at the chapel tomorrow morning at 10. Burial at Lakeview Cemetery near Sykesville will follow.

Michael Bryson, 26, will be escorted to the services by several Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputies, court officials said.

Garland Bryson would have been called as a prosecution witness at his son's capital murder trial, which is expected to begin Feb. 16 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. His death will have little effect on the state's case, officials said.

Michael Bryson was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and other offenses in the March 25 killing of Deep Run Hardware Store owner Charles W. Therit.

Easement applications to get county review

Carroll County will develop a system to screen applicants who want to participate in the state's Agricultural Land Preservation program.

Bill Powel, program administrator for Carroll's Agricultural Land Preservation Program, recommended the measure yesterday after telling the county commissioners that the state has been deluged with applicants.

He said the state has received 233 applications, including 26 from Carroll. Because of budget constraints, the state will probably not purchase more than 40 easements -- or development rights to properties, he said.

Participating counties have been urged to reduce the number of applications by 33 percent. Mr. Powel said Carroll can expect to have three to six farmers participate in easement purchases.

Carroll previously has not screened applications, allowing all applicants a shot at participating. By cutting the number of applicants, the state will save thousands of dollars in appraisal fees, which will mean more money for easement purchases, Mr. Powel said.

County still waiting on housing project

Carroll officials still are waiting to hear whether the state will approve financing for a transitional housing project in Westminster, General Services Director Jolene G. Sullivan said yesterday.

The county must submit construction costs for three new homes before the state will decide, she told the county commissioners at a staff meeting. County officials are working on that now, she said.

Carroll must get state approval before early March when an offer from a Westminster developer to donate land for the project expires. State officials know the deadline.

The county plans to move five houses from the 800 block of Littlestown Pike to a five-acre site off Kriders Church Road and build three new homes there for transitional housing. Transitional housing provides lodging for up to two years so that families who have exhausted their stays at homeless shelters or are in danger of being evicted.

James Ryan Jr., owner of Rylea Homes Inc., gave the county five acres for the project, but said his offer would end in March if the county had not obtained financing.

County gives notice to buy properties

Carroll officials gave notice yesterday that the county intends to buy property from:

* Martha M. Nelson Fritz, representing the estate of C. Elmer Fritz -- .808 acres for a temporary construction easement for the airport expansion project for $50.

* Thomas A. and Mary M. Harris -- .085 acres for a right-of-way for the Bark Hill storm drain for $1,000.

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